A Woman’s Worth
Rajeswari Sunder Rajan on the evolution of feminist judgments in India.
Bad Luck, Britain
‘It was a wonderful day of high summer in the Stockholm archipelago.’
Best Book of 1901: The Octopus
Rob Magnuson Smith on why Frank Norris' The Octopus is the best book of 1901.
Best Book of 1955: Pedro Páramo
Louise Stern on why Pedro Páramo is the best book of 1955.
‘There are clubs like the Breach Candy Club all over the Indian subcontinent: relics of the Raj, institutions that were set up as bolt-holes for the British, where they could retreat to row or swim or play cricket or race horses.’
‘To the delight of the little kids, who had seen a good deal of killing in their lives, a middle-aged man blew soap bubbles.’
‘After one hundred years, this is what I have: a daguerreotype of her in bridal finery; a few stories told and retold in plantations, kitchens, hospitals, airport lounges.’
Five Things Right Now: Max Porter
Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers, shares five things he’s reading, watching and thinking about.
From The Abstract Humanities
‘let us / build the openwork fabric of our garden / on the fear in the body’
‘That single moment’s intensity hasn’t been matched in my life before or since. A woman who I didn’t know has chosen to accept me, in body and mind.’
If You Were a Bluebird
‘So the dolphins talks, talks, over thirty distinguishable sounds.’
‘Possession takes many forms, and at the heart of it is death and dereliction, invasion and submission.’